E-Teacher Conference Featured on U.S. Embassy Website

The E-Teacher Professional Development Workshop 2011 was held at UMBC’s campus July 23-August 13, and brought together 26 teachers from around the world for training. The culmination of the project, an e-teacher conference held at UMBC on August 11-12, and gave hundreds of others the chance to join in the discussion remotely. The conference was moderated by moderated by Joan Kang Shin ’08 Ph.D., language, literacy and culture, clinical assistant professor of education and director of TESOL Professional Training Programs in Continuing and Professional Studies.

On August 17, the U.S. Embassy reported that four African teachers of English are among those taking new strategies to their classroom after completing the training program at UMBC in a story entitled “African Teachers Eager to Return to Classroom After U.S. Training.”

Rewai Makamani, a lecturer at the Polytechnic of Namibia, said his online English-teaching course was “an eye-opener and a confidence booster.”

Elsa de Jesus Furtado, a secondary school teacher in Cape Verde, said she gained ideas on how to “teach without teaching—letting your learners be creative, engaged and involved” through student-centered activities.

Each of the participants gave a presentation about teacher training projects to carry out back home. The online training and UMBC program were financed through the State Department’s E-Teacher Scholarship Program.